From Page to Screen: Confess

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*Warning: Spoilers from the novel Confess by Colleen Hoover will be in this review. Read at your own risk.*

Confess is my favorite Colleen Hoover book so when I heard it was being turned into show I had my reservations. The book was phenomenal and I just couldn’t believe a show could do it justice. But then I heard Katie Leclerc from Switched at Birth was playing Auburn and I was like, “Okay, now I’m intrigued.” So yesterday I binged watched the whole seven episode season and it was totally worth the watch.

On the show, Auburn moved to L.A. (in the novel it was Dallas, Texas) to be closer to her son A.J. and try to get custody of him from A.J.’s paternal grandmother, Lydia. On the lookout for a job, she stumbled upon a art gallery where she met Owen, who ended up hiring her for the night to help him with an art showing he was having that night. Naturally, there was strong chemistry between them but with Auburn trying to gain custody of her son Owen was the last guy she needed to fall for. He was keeping a big secret and Auburn’s association with him could be the one thing that stopped her from getting her son back.

The show definitely made some changes from the book but nothing too major. The time between A.J.’s father’s death and the present is longer (in the show it’s 10 years). Also, Auburn’s job is different. In the novel she worked at a hair salon but on the show she works in a nursing home. Additionally, her relationship with Trey was way more serious in the show than it was in the novel. Again, these changes were small and didn’t really bother me.

The only change I kind of had an issue with was how they changed Auburn’s back story and the reason why she gave up custody of A.J. to Lydia. I won’t spoil it because it doesn’t really get revealed until later on but the change seemed strange to me. As in, I don’t know why the show writer thought it was necessary. I thought the explanation behind why Auburn gave A.J. up to Lydia was fine in the novel. Still, this wasn’t such a big deal, especially in the grand scheme of things.

A change I really did enjoy was Auburn’s roommate, Emory. In the novel, she and Auburn are more friendly than actually friends. However, in the show they were actually really close. Emory and their other coworker were there for Auburn and that was something Auburn didn’t really have in the novel. She really only had Owen’s support and as much as I love Owen I liked that Auburn had friends to turn to in the show.

Overall, the show stuck to the most important parts of the novel. I loved Owen and Auburn and their chemistry was just as good as it was in the book to me. Also, I hated Lydia and Trey, A.J.’s uncle, even more in the show than I did in the book. I liked that the show proves just how manipulative Trey is because there are scenes that weren’t in the book since the book is only told in Owen and Auburn’s point of views.

The show also handled all the plot twists so well. The flashbacks were set up perfectly and I liked how the end, which is my favorite part, was revealed. Also, my favorite lines were in the show, which made me incredibly happy.

Even knowing how the show would end, I was totally hooked, which is why I watched it all in one sitting. I definitely suggest giving the show a watch, especially if you loved the novel as much as I did.

You can find Confess on go90.

"This Girl" by Colleen Hoover Book Review

Book Review: This Girl

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Synopsis:

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

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Review

*Warning: There will be minimal spoilers about Point of Retreat in this review. Read at your own risk.*

I was nervous to read this book because I didn’t really like Point of Retreat but surprisingly I loved This Girl. It turns out a lot happened in Slammed that we (and Layken) didn’t know about it and it was interesting learning these new things. I really loved how Colleen Hoover wrote this novel. Unlike Losing Hope where she just started from the beginning of the events in Hopeless it was like we were learning about Will’s past with Layken.

We began with them in their hotel on their honeymoon and Layken is asking Will questions about their past and what he thought about all the things that happened between them. Then we got the answer to these questions in the form of little short stories, some of which we’d already heard from Layken but other’s that we’d never heard before. It was also nice getting to see Layken’s mom again and my heart was broken once again over Layken’s loss.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and thought it was the perfect ending to Layken and Will’s love story. I also really liked how the title played into the story as well. Still, I definitely skipped/skimmed the poetry as I did with the other two books in this series. I just wasn’t into it, especially the poems we already read in Slammed. Besides that though I thought this book was great and I recommend it.

Stars:

4 stars

Favorite Line:

“Sometimes two people need to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.”

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Book Review: Losing Hope

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Synopsis:

Sometimes in life, in order to move forward you must face the past…

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover held readers spellbound with her novel Hopeless, the story of what happened when a troubled girl named Sky encountered a long-lost childhood friend, Dean Holder. With Holder’s help, Sky uncovered shocking family secrets and came to terms with memories and emotions that had left deep scars.

Hopeless was Sky’s story. Now, in Losing Hope, we finally learn the truth about Dean Holder.

Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.

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Review

*Warning: There will be minimal spoilers about Hopeless in this review. Read at your own risk.*

Hopeless broke my heart but Losing Hope completely wrecked it. In Hopeless we’re discovering everything right along with Sky and though I was able to guess at a lot of the truths there was still so much that shocked me. Differently, with Losing Hope I thought I already knew the truth because it’s just Hopeless in Holder’s point of view. I was mistaken. With Holder we learn more about his sister, Leslie, and what she went through. We also learn more about Holder’s family as a whole and his memories of Hope.

What really teared me up was the new scenes and the letters Holder wrote to Leslie after she died. You can feel his heartache and how much he misses his sister. It’s heartbreaking. However, although this book definitely had it’s sad moments it also had it’s happy and romantic ones too. I’m always nervous about reading the same story just from a different character’s point of view because I’m scared it’ll just be the exact same thing but just from another character’s perspective. Losing Hope isn’t like that. Yes we do get some of the same scenes but only the ones that are crucial to the story.

Besides that Colleen Hoover took out some scenes between Sky and Holder from Hopeless and replaced them with new scenes that were just as amazing and made me swoon. Have I mentioned I love Holder yet today? Because I do. My biggest issue with this book was the appearance of Holder’s “best friend” Daniel. I just thought it was odd that we never heard about Daniel once in Hopeless and he apparently goes to the same school. Daniel definitely felt like a character Hoover just made up to add to Losing Hope. I liked Daniel a lot and thought he was a great addition it was just hard for me to believe he was there the whole time since we’d never hard of him before.

Other than that I thought Losing Hope was a great novel and I immediately started rereading it after I finished it because it hit me in the feels. I loved this novel even more than Hopeless but you have to read Hopeless before you read Losing Hope, otherwise you’ll just spoil Hopeless for yourself. Definitely read both books though. They’re both amazing and returning them to the library was the hardest thing I had to do this week. I need these on my shelves!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“I’m good at being me. Especially when I’m with you.”

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'Hopeless' Book Review

Book Review: Hopeless

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Synopsis:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

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Review

For some reason I read this after Crooked Kingdom because I thought, “Crooked Kingdom was really emotional. Let me just read a chill romance.” Well that was a huge mistake. Obviously I forgot who Colleen Hoover is and how heartbreaking her novels can be because if Hopeless didn’t make me full out cry it definitely made me tear up and question why the world was such a terrible place.

From the start I had my suspicions about Holder and his connection to Sky but when all the truths were revealed I was honestly shocked and I loved it. Books that can surprise me are my favorite kinds of novels and the truth about Sky and the secrets Holder was keeping were perfectly sewn together that I remember putting down the book because I needed a minute. The plot was just so great and how everything comes together broke my heart.

Moreover, I absolutely loved Holder. He’s one of my all time favorite book boyfriends now. Someone find me a Holder. Seriously, at first I was wary but then I fell for him and I just love how he treats Sky. He’s amazing.

Really this whole book just made me laugh and cry and I loved every second of it. I couldn’t put this book down. I needed to know everything and I had so many questions that needed to be answered and they all were. This is definitely a contender for my favorite CoHo book. I loved it so much. Please read it if you haven’t yet.

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”

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August Wrap-Up

‘Illuminae,’ ‘Gemina,’ And Other Books I Read This Month (August Wrap-Up)

It’s been way too long since I’ve done a wrap-up so here we go. I read a lot of books this month and none of them were on my TBR but hey, it happens. Here’s my faves from this month.


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Number of Books I Read This Month: 12

Top Three Books I Read This Month

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae and Gemina actually tie for first place. They were both amazing and I got sucked into both. I couldn’t put them down. If you haven’t heard of these novels yet they’re told in this really cool format that makes it look like the book is a case file. Filled with emails, chat logs, video surveillance logs, and so much more Illuminae tells the story of Kady, who’s home has been destroyed. Now on ship filled with other refugees Kady will do anything to know what’s going on and how to fight those who destroyed her home and changed her life forever.

2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This was the perfect sequel to Illuminae. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t read Illuminae yet so I’ll just this book has the same level of action, humor, and crazy plot twists that Illuminae has. Gemina follows new characters but your favorites from Illuminae also show up as well. It’s amazing!

3. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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I loved Ugly Love. This is by far my favorite Colleen Hoover book. The book is told in alternating point of views. We get Tate’s point of view in the present and Miles point of view in the past, explaining why he is the way he is when Tate meets him. This book was heartbreaking, romantic, and a little funny. I need this on my shelf immediately.

Other Books I Read This Month

  1. It Ends With Us
  2. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles)
  3. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
  4. The Silence of Six
  5. The Secret History
  6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  7. Point of Retreat
  8. Interference

Books I Received This Month

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I only bought three books this month and I received five books from publishers. I put myself on a book buying ban this month and I think I did fairly well. I’m excited to buy more books next month though. Is it pay day yet?

'Point of Retreat' Blog Review

Book Review: Point of Retreat

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Synopsis:

Colleen Hoover entranced readers everywhere with her bestselling novel Slammed, the book that introduced Layken and Will, a young couple whose love overcame devastating hardships to emerge stronger and more resilient than before. Now, as Layken and Will’s emotion-packed story continues, a stunning and unforeseen revelation about Will’s past leaves them questioning everything that they thought they knew about each other. With the foundation of their relationship at risk, they must decide whether they are willing to fight for a future together, or to retreat back into solitude and heartache.

How far does Will have to go to prove to Layken his love for her will last forever? It will require something truly extraordinary to keep this couple together, and the decisions they make and the answers they find will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.

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Review

Clearly I’m on a Colleen Hoover binge and I have no regrets. It’s been pretty hit or miss for me when it comes to Queen CoHo and unfortunately Point of Retreat is a miss for me. As much as I enjoyed Slammed I don’t think it needed a sequel and I don’t plan on reading the third one, although my need to finish series might make me read it.

There were definitely a lot of cute and funny moments in this book and I loved the addition of some new characters but I couldn’t get past the somewhat ridiculousness of Will having to prove his love to Layken. He definitely makes a few mistakes but I couldn’t understand why Layken didn’t trust him and how what honestly was kind of small thing turned into a really big fight.

Additionally, without spoiling it I’ll just say there’s a major event towards the end of the novel that I didn’t think was necessary. To me it just felt like Colleen just wanted another climatic event in the story so she added this in but there was really no need for it. At this point it just felt like Colleen just kept throwing curveballs at Layken and Will just to see what would happen or just to shock us. It was too much.

Overall, I still really liked Layken and Will’s relationship and chemistry, I just didn’t like the plot of this novel at all.

Stars:

3 stars

Favorite Line:

“Love is the most beautiful thing in the world. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the hardest things in the world to hold on to, and one of the easiest things to throw away.”

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Book Review: Ugly Love

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Synopsis:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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Review

This may just be my favorite Colleen Hoover book ever. I raced through this book because I loved it so much and then after I was done I immediately wanted to reread it. Miles and Tate’s chemistry is absolutely amazing, and I must say this is probably CoHo’s sexiest book besides Too Late, which is in it’s own category. Seriously though Miles and Tate together was so steamy but that’s not what made me love this book. It’s the way it’s written that I found incredible.

As with the majority of CoHo’s books Ugly Love is written in alternating point of views between Tate and Miles, except Miles’ POV takes place in the past. While Tate and Miles “relationship” develops we also learn about Miles’ past and it’s written kind of like poetry and it’s beautiful. I love Miles. He’s climbed his way to the top of my book boyfriends list and I felt for him so much in this book. Similarly, I also felt for Tate who wanted to know about the past that only we, the reader, were getting. It was heartbreaking.

Colleen did an amazing job with this novel. The plot was so perfectly woven together and tugged at my heartstrings the whole way through. I teared up, I laughed, and I was frustrated. I loved all the characters, including Tate’s overprotective older brother, Corbin, and Miles’ best-friend, Ian, who I wish we saw more of. My favorite character was definitely Cap though. His words of wisdom were always spot on and I had to make a note in my iPhone for all the great quotes in this novel.

If you haven’t read this book yet please do so immediately. You will not regret it. I promise!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.”

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